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Devotion - January 8, 2020

Isaiah 42:8-9

I am the Lord, that is my name; my glory I give to no other, nor my praise to idols. See, the former things have come to pass, and new things I now declare; before they spring forth, I tell you of them.

Reflection by Duke Yaguchi

As power shifted from the Greeks to the Romans, there were many gods to help explain the weather, the Sun and Moon, the planets and many other things. Roman gods had similar functions and roles, but new names. With the advent of Judaism and Christianity, there was a major shift to believing in one God. Here, Isaiah declares the oneness of God.

It must have been very radical not only to focus on one God but a loving and caring God.

Over two thousand years later, we're still grappling with the meaning of God and of Jesus. We still have questions. We are still wondering.

After my mother died, I've reflected that her dementia took away her memory of the anger that she held against some people. It took away the memory of the tally marks she would keep on people, who she owed, who owed her. She became a much more relaxed and calmer person. It got me to think, when we go to heaven, what will we remember from this life? Will we all have dementia like my mother?


Dear God. I thank you for sending Jesus to this world to walk amongst us. Let me not worry so much as to trying to figure out what's right or wrong. Let me not worry so much about keeping score. Let me try to be more relaxed and calm like my mother did in her final months on Earth. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

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